Hercules flypast in Exeter

A flypast has taken place in Exeter today to mark the start of the Freedom of the City ceremony for RAF Brize Norton.

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RAF personnel honoured in Exeter with flypast

With all other armed forces having been given the Freedom of Exeter, the city today made sure it was honouring all our men and women in uniform as the RAF paraded through the streets.

Royal Air Force personnel from Brize Norton along with the regiment band took the salute in the High Street and a Hercules flew through the clouds above rain soaked onlookers.

ITV News Westcountry's reporter Seth Conway has the details.

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Lord Mayor is 'delighted' with Freedom of City honour

From today, all aspects of the Armed Forces are now honoured in Exeter as the Royal Marine Training Camp at Lympstone, the 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital (Volunteers), The Rifles and the Coldstream Guards all currently hold the Freedom of the City.

A ceremony took place today to mark the occasion including an RAF Hercules flypast and a salute taken by the Lord Mayor, speaking ahead of the ceremony he said:

"I am delighted that the City Council has decided to bestow the honour of the Freedom of the City on RAF Brize Norton."

"Whilst there is now little RAF presence in Exeter or even Devon, it is important to remember the role that the area had in history, including RAF Exeter which is now Exeter International Airport, as well as being a sound recruitment area."

RAF Hercules flypast for the Freedom of Exeter

A flypast has taken place in Exeter today to mark the start of the Freedom of the City ceremony for RAF Brize Norton.

RAF Hercules performs fly past over the High Street to celebrate the Airforce being granted the Freedom of Exeter Credit: ITV News Westcountry

More than 200 serving Airmen from RAF Brize Norton, accompanied by the Band of the RAF Regiment, took part in a march through Exeter city centre.

High Street in Exeter awaiting civic dignitaries Credit: ITV News Westcountry

After a short ceremony, the Lord Mayor handed over the Freedom of the City scroll.

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